Aikeem Coleman: 2018 Draft Prospect Interview
Name: Aikeem Coleman
School: University of Idaho
Position: Defensive End
Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?
Coming into my final collegiate season, I had two goals. My first goal was to try to be the best leader that I could be. I wanted to provide my teammates with someone to look up to. Another goal of mine was to lead my school to back to back bowl game wins. Unfortunately, the bowl game didn’t happen, but I think that I provided my teammates with someone whom they could look up to and count on during the rough parts of the season.
Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?
I would describe my style of play as fast, physical and pissed off! I have no friends when it come to playing football. I treat all my opponents as if they were my enemy.
Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?
I will go into this process hungry and willing to learn as much as I can. This offseason I’m going to train at Test football academy to work on all of the things that will help me be successful on pro-day.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?
I focus on how my opponents react when it’s crunch time in the game. I also watch their steps and how wide or tight their hands are. I focus on how well they can bend and if they give the defense a run/pass stance.
Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?
Something that separates me from other players in my position is that I’m tough and I won’t fold when the game is on the line. This past season I focused on improving in the run game and I think that my run stopping ability is something that I pride myself on to be the best at, because you can’t have fun on 3rd and long without stopping the run on 1st and 2nd down.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I have an ability to learn that is like no other. I love picking my coaches and veteran player’s brains on how to be a better Defensive End and football player that I can be. A strength that I have is that I’m a disciplined player. I won’t commit unnecessary penalties or make unnecessary decisions on or off the field that will make neither me nor the team look bad.
Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?
I would tell teams that not only are they getting a good football player, but they are getting a good person as well. I pride myself on being a great teammate not only in the locker room and on the field, but outside of football as well.